Sun Tzu teaches that we listen to people to learn their plans, but that we judge their words by actions. The world has always been divided between doers and talkers. While our modern media is dominated by those who do the talking, the future is being created by those who are busy doing. A good example is what is happening on the energy/global warming front. A great summary is offered by this article in Forbes.
While politicians talk about non-carbon energy, the world of doers is embracing it. If you wonder why carbon output is growing faster in Kyoto-signing Europe than in the non-Kyoto US, maybe it is because they are using coal for most of their new power plants, just like China and India. The real difference between the growing world and the stagnant world is that politicians in places like China and India are more honest about what they are doing.